Saturday, Oct. 15

08-02 Approaches to Conspiracy Theory: Time, Parody, Politics, and Ostension

Saturday, October 15, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Tulsa North

Chair: John Bodner (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

10:30 am
Performative Prods and Improvisational Ostension in Conspiracy Theories
Jeannie Banks Thomas (Utah State University)

10:45 am
Knowledge Practices in Conspiracy Theory
Anna Muldoon (Arizona State University)

11:15 am
Laughing with Conspiracy Theories: Humor and Parody in a Serious Genre
Jesse A.  Fivecoate (Indiana University)

11:45 am
North American Free Conspiracy Trade Agreement: Ecotypification and Political Vernaculars
John Bodner (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

12:00 pm
optional discussion time

Conspiracy theory demands diverse approaches to amorphous text, performance and reception. Its expansion into the mainstream of various political systems and social practices can be productively engaged with through a folkloric lens. The panel discusses the way conspiracy texts embed and use rhetorics or time; how audiences create conspiracy parodies to resist and comment on the genre; how the texts craft appeals to ostension; and the way ecotypification of texts is shaped by national and regional contexts.